High School Wiretap

Brandon Roy Named Naismith High School Coach Of The Year

Mar 20, 2017 2:49 PM

Brandon Roy has been named the Naismith Trophy High School Coach of the Year.

Roy won the honor in his first season after leading Hale to an undefeated season (29-0) and the state championship after the program won three games last season. Hale is currently ranked No. 1 in the Super 25.

Michael Porter Jr. of Hale was also named Naismith Trophy High School Player Of the Year.

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Nick Richards Headlines 2017 Nike Hoops Summit World Team Roster

Mar 15, 2017 2:06 PM

The World Team has announced their roster for the 2017 Nike Hoop Summit.

The guards include Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (6-foot-5, Hamilton Heights Christian Academy, Tenn./Canada), Lindell Wigginton (6-foot-1, Oak Hill Academy, Va./Canada), Nickeil Alexander-Walker (6-foot-5, Hamilton Heights Christian Academy, Tenn./Canada) and Angus Glover (6-foot-4, Illawara Hawks/Australia).

The World Team also named five forwards to its 2017 roster: Tadas Sedekerskis (6-foot-7, Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz, Spain/Lithuania), R.J. Barrett (6-foot-6, Montverde Academy, Fla./Canada), Kostja Mushidi (6-foot-5, BC Mega Leks, Serbia/Germany), Borisa Simanic (6-foot-11, Crvena Zvezda/Serbia) and Isaiah Hartenstein (6-foot-11, Zalgiris Kaunas, Lithuania/Germany).

The global squad is completed by centers Felipe Dos Anjos (7-foot-2, Oviedo, Spain/Brazil), Nick Richards (6-foot-11, The Patrick School, N.J./Jamaica) and Ikechukwu Obiagu (7-foot, Greenforest Christian Academy, Ga./Nigeria).

DeAndre Ayton, who is the second ranked player in the 2017 incoming freshman class, is not on the team despite playing last year.

Richards is the highest ranked player on the roster at No. 11 and will attend Kentucky. Gilgeous-Alexander will also attend Kentucky and is ranked 32nd overall. Alexander-Walker is ranked 25th overall and will attend Virginia Tech.

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LeBron: LeBron James Jr. Has Better Handle, Shot Than I Did At 12

Mar 7, 2017 3:14 PM

LeBron James Jr., at just 12 years old, is drawing praise for his passing and dribbling abilities. James has standing scholarship offers from Duke and Kentucky. 

"It's probably the best part of his game and I grew up playing basketball, playing AAU ball and watched a lot of kids kind of hog the ball," James said when asked about his son's latest highlight video. "Not pass the ball and things of that nature and I was never one of those kids. I always liked seeing my teammates excited about getting the ball and making a shot so to see him doing the same thing, it's a pretty unique trait for a kid his age."

LeBron James Jr. played in the John Lucas All-Star Weekend, a two-day tournament in Texas.

"I didn't handle the ball as well as he does," James said about his son. "He handles the ball exceptionally and he shoots it a lot better than I did at that age, but I've always had the ability to pass the ball. It's good to see him doing it as well." 

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Michael Porter, Wendell Carter Headline USA's 2017 Nike Hoop Summit Team

Feb 28, 2017 4:39 PM

The USA Junior National Select Team for the 2017 Nike Hoop Summit will be led by 11 players who have won at least one gold medal in international competition and three athletes who have earned two international gold medals.

Named to the USA Nike Hoop Summit Team were Wendell Carter Jr. (Pace Academy/Fairburn, Ga.), Kevin Knox II (Tampa Catholic H.S./Riverview, Fla.) and Gary Trent Jr. (Prolific Prep Academy, Calif./Burnsville, Minn.), who teamed up to capture gold medals at the 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship and the 2016 FIBA U17 World Championship.

Also selected to the team after collecting gold medals at the 2016 FIBA U17 World Championship were: Troy Brown Jr. (Centennial H.S./Las Vegas, Nev.), Jaren Jackson Jr. (La Lumiere School/Carmel, Ind.) and Collin Sexton (Pebblebrook H.S./Mableton, Ga.); while Jarred Vanderbilt (Victory Prep Academy/Houston, Texas) collected gold at the 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.

Further rounding out the USA team and its gold medalists are Mohamed Bamba (Westtown School, Pa./New York, N.Y.), Quade Green (Neumann-Goretti H.S./Philadelphia, Pa.), Michael Porter Jr. (Nathan Hale H.S./Seattle, Wash.) and M.J. Walker (Jonesboro H.S./Riverdale, Ga.), who helped lead the USA to a first-place finish at the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship and a berth into the 2017 FIBA U19 World Championship.

The 12-man roster is finalized with the selection of Trevon Duval (IMG Academy, Fla./New Castle, Del.), a three-time USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team October minicamp participant.

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30-Year-Old South Sudanese High School Player Claimed To Be 17

Apr 22, 2016 11:56 AM

Jonathon Nicola attended Catholic Central High School in Windsor, Canada as a 17-year-old.

Nicola is originally from what is now South Sudan; moving from the war-torn country to Nairobi, Kenya, before arriving in Windsor.

Nicola was part of the 2018 recruiting class.

Nicola had been living with the basketball team’s head coach, Pete Cusumano, who thought he would become an NBA player.

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Thon Maker Cleared To Enter 2016 NBA Draft

Apr 14, 2016 2:38 PM

Thon Maker has been cleared to enter the 2016 NBA Draft.

Maker graduated from high school in Canada in June of 2015 and has technically been in his fifth year of high school.

Maker is currently ranked as the 43rd overall prospect by Draft Express.

Maker is a 7'0 power forward originally born in Sudan and grew up in Australia before coming to North America in high school.

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Josh Jackson Commits To Kansas

Apr 11, 2016 8:36 PM

Josh Jackson has committed to Kansas.

Jackson also had Michigan State and Arizona as his finalists.

Jackson is considered a probable top-3 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft class as a super athletic wing with a great all-around game.

Jackson participated in the Nike Hoop Summit.

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Thon Maker Will Attempt To Declare For NBA Draft

Apr 3, 2016 10:39 PM

Thon Maker will attempt to declare for the 2016 NBA Draft.

Maker believes he has a strong case to be considered draft eligible. Maker reportedly graduated from high school in Canada in June of 2015 and is technically in his fifth year of high school.

Maker has elected to withdraw from participating in the Nike Hoop Summit event this upcoming week in Portland in order to focus on his workouts and preparation for the draft. 

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